Dianna Thornhill Miller, working with her late husband and with her son, makes stylized medallions honoring the world’s religious diversity.
The sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fort Wayne, Indiana, features twelve medallions by Dianna Thornhill Miller with Jim Miller and Branden Thornhill-Miller representing different world religions. (Tom Galliher)
UU World (Fall 2016). Cover images © Omni Art Design LLC, photographed by Branden Thornhill-Miller and Tom Galliher.
The dyed leather medallions on the cover of the Fall 2016 issue of UU World represent different world religions. They appear together (above) in the sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fort Wayne, Indiana, where the artist, Dianna Thornhill Miller, has been at work on the “Religions of the World” Leather Mosaic™ series since 1988, partnering first with her now-deceased husband Jim Miller and later with her son, Branden Thornhill-Miller.
The 24-inch medallions above the piano represent (top, from left) Native American spirituality, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity, and (bottom, from left) Judaism, Confucianism, and Taoism. Behind the pulpit, the 24-inch medallions represent (from left) African spirituality, Goddess traditions, and Humanism. The 60-inch medallion behind the pulpit depicts a Unitarian Universalist flaming chalice.
Thornhill Miller’s design firm, Omni Art Design, has also produced flaming chalice medallions for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis and for First Church in Boston.
Earlier versions of this article erroneously included a hyphen in Dianna Thornhill Miller’s surname and left it out of Branden Thornhill-Miller’s.
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Christopher L. Walton was the editor of UU World and director of the UUA’s Periodicals staff group until June 2021. He holds degrees from Harvard Divinity School and the University of Utah.